Friday, May 15, 2015

May 2015 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 9; Estimated Time: 4h:14m (76K words)
Recommended By Stories: 12; Estimated Time: 7h:15m (131K words)
Total Stories: 33; Estimated Time: 12h:35m (227K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

For the Love of Sylvia City by Andrea M. Pawley  Time: 17m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
The 19-year-old heroine, who maintains the cable that links her peaceful underwater city with the war-torn mainland, finds something troubling during a routine repair.
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Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Delivery by Bud Sparhawk  Time: 03m (900 words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
What if online shopping software was so good it could ship what you needed before you even ordered it?
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Like Native Things by Mary Robinette Kowal  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
Tilda is a middle-aged German scientist researching technology to link human minds with animals--she's been very successful, but today something goes very wrong.
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Pincushion Pete by Ian Creasey  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A man dedicated to helping people increase their intelligence is threatened by a newspaper expose.
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Potential Side Effects May Include by Marissa Lingen And Alec Austin  Time: 13m (4K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A young woman in a trial of anti-anxiety implants finds they work better than expected.
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Sleeping Dogs by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 1h:10m (21K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
An old man, long in hiding on a remote, tropical world, struggles to cope with the arrival of a figure from the worst part of his past.
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The Narrative of More by Tom Greene  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A scientist studies the stone-age human survivors of a long-lost colony, and he finds there's something very disturbing about them.
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The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik  Time: 1h:14m (22K words) 04/22/15
Salman pursues the truth behind stories his grandfather told him about an impoverished princess he used to know back in Pakistan and the Jinn that protected her.
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Rating: 3 -> Average

Ambiguity Machines: An Examination by Vandana Singh  Time: 26m (8K words) 04/29/15
Three different accounts of (modern day) human encounters with "ambiguity machines" are presented, each one a story in itself.
An Evolutionary Myth by Bo-Young Kim  Time: 27m (8K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
What if people's bodies evolved during a single lifespan, changing form according to the actions and the character of each individual?
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Ashfall by Edd Vick And Manny Frishberg  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
Beekeepers threatened by volcanic ash discover new things about their robotic bees.
Cease and Desist by Jay Werkheiser  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
Lazy, fat guy is sued by his future self for causing his health problems.
Elephants and Corpses by Kameron Hurley  Time: 22m (7K words) 05/13/15
Nev can jump to bodies of the freshly dead, or to bodies he keeps on ice, but his latest acquisition causes no end of trouble.
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Petroglyph Man by Rudy Rucker  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
Julio, a young man visiting Hawaii with his wife, explores his company's technology that modifies photos based on the user's thoughts.
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The Smell of Blood and Thunder by Liz J. Andersen  Time: 35m (11K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A world where people coexist with intelligent dogs and cats sends for a vet to cope with a problem with intelligent fleas.
The Tarn by Rob Chilson  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
In a far-future Earth, a whole town goes digging for treasure--the Arbiter is sure it's a scam, but who is behind it?
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The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt by Alex Bledsoe  Time: 24m (7K words) 05/06/15
Bronwyn is a Tufa, the Appalachian equivalent of the "fair folk" She's marrying a country preacher, and for some reason the local equivalent of the "little folk" are interested in it.
The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias  Time: 23m (7K words) 04/15/15
In Mexico in 1562, Bienvenida meets an imprisoned Spanish girl her own age, befriends her, and looks for the magic to set her free.
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Tumbling Dice by Ron Collins  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A space gambler meets a girl he's got to have--even though he knows she's on the make.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Breakfast in Bed by Ian Watson  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
Max and Sandra explore the nature of the multiverse in bed together.
Guns Don't Kill People by Jacob A. Boyd  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
On a remote planet, an AI rifle aims to help her owner deal with real threats to his well-being.
In the Mix by Arlan Andrews, Sr.  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A young woman in the late 21st Century makes a living creating a very strange sort of online art.
Mouth by Helena Bell  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueLightspeed 60
Ann discovers she can remove parts of people's bodies without hurting them--much.
Ossuary by Ian Muneshwar  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
An AI in charge of an interstellar junk yard dreams of better things.
Pollen from a Future Harvest by Derek Künsken  Time: 1h:23m (25K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
In the 24th Century, Major Okonkwo investigates the suspicious death of her husband in the context of research on a secret portal that links 11 years into the past and the future.
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The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies by Matthew Kressel  Time: 21m (6K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
Aya is a farmer who grows realms of galaxies, skilled in finding and pruning the sick and malignant.
The Great Pan American Airship Mystery, or, Why I Murdered Robert Benchley by David Gerrold  Time: 30m (9K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
In an alternate 1937, Pan Am debuts a fleet of helium-filled luxury airships, and a steward on the maiden flight eavesdrops on the famous passengers.
The Myth of Rain by Seanan Mcguire  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueLightspeed 60
In the near-future Pacific Northwest, environmentalists race to save key species from a forest that's slated to be destroyed.
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Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Mrs. Griffin Prepares to Commit Suicide Tonight by A. Que  Time: 24m (7K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
In 2335, a lonely old woman tries to get her robot to help her commit suicide.
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Time Bomb Time by C. C. Finlay  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 60
Hannah's boyfriend wants to test his time experiment in Hannah's room.
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Rating: Not Rated

Acres of Perhaps by Will Ludwigsen  Time: 44m (13K words)  IssueAsimov's 07|15
In his old age, a TV writer reflects on a show he worked on fifty years ago--the only work he's really proud of--and the almost supernatural way it came to an end.
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Dreams of Spanish Gold by Bond Elam  Time: 07m (2K words)  IssueAnalog 07.08|15
A godlike AI becomes human to learn the meaning of being human.

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